Category Archives: Ancient Gaul

Death Speaker’s Facebook Page

The book (Death Speaker) has a Facebook page, and while I don’t always take the time to write an essay on this blog, on that page I try to post something of interest about Gaul or the Celts everyday. Just … Continue reading

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Celts as Barbarians (Not, of course)

Just got a chance to watch Terry Jones’ Barbarians, a 4-part TV show filmed in 2006. The first hour-long show is on the Celts. “The Primitive Celts” is the actual title, but the show builds the argument that they were … Continue reading

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Map of the Ancient Celtic World

This new book-The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts-is reviewed in The Guardian and in  a Telegraph article and review. I must have it. But I don’t yet, so I’ll just summarize  . . . better … Continue reading

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The Making of a Book Trailer

I’m not quite sure what to do with it–besides telling all my friends to check it out on YouTube, of course–but Death Speaker now has a beautiful book trailer, and I am very proud. I shouldn’t be too proud because … Continue reading

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Miranda Aldhouse-Green’s Druids

As a bit of an off-topic introduction, Salon ran a piece on literary detection this week . The article, by Patrick Juola, is about how J. K. Rowling was outed as Robert Galbraith, but it starts by citing a study in … Continue reading

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The Truth About Books About Druids

Who were the druids, and how do you learn about them? Depends on what you want to know.  But mostly from books. I wanted to learn everything I could about the druids of the Iron Age that was backed up … Continue reading

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Allee Couverte

The Allee Couverte Du Mouhau Bihan sits on private property in Finisterre Dept., Brittany, France. It wasn’t put up by Celts (or Gauls), but by the Neolithic people that preceded them. It’s about 5,000 years old, and you get a … Continue reading

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Warrior Burials Found in Gaul

While excavating for a new business park near Troyes, graves were found. French archaeologists have id’d the graves as including warriors of Gaul, dating back 2300 years. This picture ran with both the news sources mentioned here–it’s credited to Francios Nascimbeni … Continue reading

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Home of the Veneti

56 B.C. was the third year in  Julius Caesar’s war of conquest against the many tribes of Gaul. The contestants that season were the residents of Brittany. The most powerful tribe in the area (per Caesar), the Veneti, lived around … Continue reading

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French Oppida Article

“When I began to visit these Iron Age ghost towns in 2008, I assumed the French were proud of their Gaulish ancestors. Amused disdain verging on total indifference would be closer to the mark.” That’s a quote from Graham Robb, … Continue reading

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